JMARIES51's SparkPeople Blog JMARIES51's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Overcoming Giving Up I am always a little afraid to talk about my accomplishments too much. It seems to backfire on me. But I'm really learning to change my habits this time around. I always thought that I was doing that before, but I realize now that I was good at changing my habits while things were going good, but then when I would have a plateau, or face a holiday, or some other thing that would take me out of my pattern, I would throw in the towel. <BR> <BR> My new self talk is really helping me overcom... Fri, 19 May 2017 13:32:37 EST 7 Weeks Done - Gone By So Fast 7 Weeks ago I made the decision to get my health back on track. At that moment it was kind of a whim. I came back to SparkPeople to find that a friend of mine was back here after a break and was doing good. I wanted to join the Sparkpeople feel good train. And I wanted to make it be different this time around. I wanted it to be fun, easy and joyful. <BR> <BR> My Sparkfriend had a great idea to commit to 10 weeks, like a university semester, to working towards achieving her dreams. T... Sun, 7 May 2017 13:56:34 EST WEEK 6 Keeping my Dreams Alive <img src=""> <BR> <BR> If there was one thing I wish I could bottle and sell it would be this feeling of what its like to be on a roll. I love getting up in the morning knowing that I have a whole new day to do all the things I want to achieve. I love exercising and feeling my body getting stronger. I love making intelligent food choices that will make my body healthy. And I love building one good moment on th... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:03:27 EST 5 Week Report Card - half way on my 10 weeks of Keeping the Dreams Alive <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today is the first day of my next 5 weeks of keeping the dreams alive. Only fantastic things <BR> to report. <BR> 1. Had surgery for meniscus tear, I am now able to climb stairs, walk down hills, and today I did my first deep knee bend in over 7 months. This is huge because I can finally get down and take things out of the bottom cupboards in my kitchen, get my shoes out from under the b... Mon, 24 Apr 2017 23:06:44 EST That Feeling of Getting Healthy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today I am beginning to feel that awesome feeling when you know you have gotten over the worst part of a sickness, and I am turning the corner to healthy again. For me there seems to be just a few hours between feeling really sick and then knowing the worst has passed. <BR> <BR> During this past week I have spent 6 days going from chills to fever, congestion, body aches and pain. The onl... Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:40:43 EST BEATING THE ODDS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> OK, so I know today is Easter and I should be feeling a little reflective. So I also do my measurements on Sundays. Not every Sunday, but usually at least once a month. Today was the lucky day. No change in measurements for this first month. That really doesn't bother me since I did have knee surgery this month and have only been back to moving for one week. <BR> <BR> But I did decid... Sun, 16 Apr 2017 13:43:43 EST Into Week 4 of 10 Weeks of Keeping the Dreams Alive <img src=""> <BR> Just a short blog about how my Keeping the Dreams Alive is going. So I have made this conscious decision that I want my journey to be joyful, happy and stress free. Does that sound possible? <BR> I went back and read some of my old blogs from over the years to see if there was anything I could learn from the past. It seems like I have always approached changing my eating habits and exercising... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 22:51:09 EST Knee Surgery I had knee surgery on Monday and so far so good. Tuesday I was in a lot of pain, less pain yesterday, but the rest of my muscles were hurting from babying my knee. Today I am almost pain free. The knee is very tight and I can barely bend it, but at least it doesn't hurt. <BR> <BR> Got to get up and shower today which is sooooooooooooo enjoyable after 3 days. Isn't it funny how something so small as a good shower can make you feel like a new person? On Monday I will have my post op appoi... Thu, 6 Apr 2017 16:48:57 EST Giving Up The Struggle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Yep, that's right. I am giving up the struggle. Today I am welcoming the ease, the joy, the enjoyment, the balance, the life-giving energy of loving my body. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Today I am beginning to trust my body as I have never trusted it before. My body knows what it requires to be healthy. It ... Sun, 2 Apr 2017 12:17:41 EST Day 12 Spark Streak <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I needed a couple of reminders today. This is day 12 of 10 weeks of keeping my dreams alive. Everyday I feel a little stronger, but the old fears creep in all the time. I am working on squashing out those fears, but they have had so many years of practice that I know I have to be pretty darn strong to squash out that chatter. <BR> <BR> I am also working on something else that is really d... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:54:20 EST Motivation - NEED TO GET MOVING <img src=""> <BR> Some mornings are going to be more difficult to get started. I am having one of these types of mornings this morning. So I decided to get a jump start with some motivational pictures and sayings. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Thank goodness I am on a one week roll, but just having a bit of low energy. There is a small part ... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 14:08:01 EST FILLING MY HEAD WITH LOTS OF POSITIVE <img src="">House is all cleaned up after family party. <BR> <BR> <img src="">Food was healthy. I didn't overeat. <BR> <BR> <img src="">Feeling pretty proud that I stuck with my plan for a healthy gathering with the ones I love. Sun, 26 Mar 2017 20:20:01 EST I Refuse In my 10 weeks of keeping my dreams alive, I refuse to let a family lunch become an obstacle. I have already planned out a healthy salad for our main meal and fruit salad for dessert. I even warned everybody that there will be no cookies, candy, cakes, etc. Nothing but healthy with healthy leftovers. Fri, 24 Mar 2017 19:07:55 EST Gaining Momentum When I stay focused and on track, it helps me gain momentum. And in turn I feel much more motivated to push myself - which also keeps me on track and focused. It feels like a big circle of positive energy that I want to keep rolling and gaining momentum. <BR> <BR> How do I start the momentum going? Sometimes it just requires the JUST DO IT approach. Often I have felt that I didn't want to do something, such as exercise. But then I push myself to start and after a few minutes the moment... Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:44:52 EST The Word of the day is FOCUS <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am once again borrowing from <em>223</em> Lifechangz who wrote a blog about staying focused. Of course this is not a new concept at all, just one that I need to remind myself of, especially right now while I am creating momentum. This is day 3 for me to keep myself focused on my dreams. My main dream is about losing weight and getting in shape. So I want to keep myself focused on wh... Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:54:43 EST 10 WEEKS OF DREAMING <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Thanks to my Sparkfriend Lifechangz I have committed to 10 weeks of dreaming. It's interesting how when life hits full on, I have a tendency to give up on my dreams. I guess I just go into survivor mode and just do the activities of daily living without even bothering to think about whether I am feeling joy. And without thinking about it, I give up my dreams. <BR> <BR> So for the next ... Tue, 21 Mar 2017 16:45:30 EST Committing to the Next Few Minutes That feeling of starting over can be so discouraging at times. This is where I am at right now at this moment. I feel angry at myself for veering off course for so long. I feel frustrated that I regained all the weight I lost. I feel weak for not having maintained my exercise regimen and now I have to work hard again to feel strong. I feel demoralized for letting myself down. OK - I GOT THAT OUT OF THE WAY. <img src=" Mon, 20 Mar 2017 13:08:46 EST 2017 Looking Forward to Staying Healthy Wow, I can't believe it has been a year since I last blogged. Time really goes by so quickly, especially as we get older. <BR> <BR> Shortly before Christmas I had a total hysterectomy. Thank goodness nothing turned out to be cancerous and I am feeling so much better. In a couple weeks I will be able to return to total working out and I am looking forward to it. It is so funny how something you don't like doing all of a sudden becomes an obsession when someone tells you that you can't d... Mon, 23 Jan 2017 23:28:09 EST My Affirmations for Spark Guy's Challenge I have always been a big believer in positive affirmations and I am not sure why I have never tried writing out affirmations everyday for 6 months in order to achieve my weight loss goals. But I am now going do this for the challenge and am excited to see how it works for me. <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <img src="http://... Sun, 24 Jan 2016 20:00:42 EST I am the Motivation I Need <img src=""> <BR> This morning I was looking for a quote that would rev up my motivation. Some days I need a kick in the butt, other days I need a spiritual quote to keep me going. Sometimes I like to have something beautiful or sweet to think about. But today I needed to just know that I had everything inside of me that will keep me going. <BR> <BR> This week I have been thinking a lot about how I am and conti... Thu, 21 Jan 2016 14:16:57 EST The Joy of Walking <img src=""> I am so fortunate that I have a couple of great walking buddies. We walk 1/2 hour everyday (weather permitting). There are so many wonderful things that walking does for me but probably the most important thing is that it clears my mind. Sometimes I feel like I have a bit of anxiety when I get up in the morning, but after just a few minutes of walking I can feel that anxious feeling melt away. <BR> ... Mon, 11 Jan 2016 13:10:55 EST Juicing vs Smoothies <link><BR>nding-facts/ </link> <BR> <BR> We recently purchased a Nutri Bullet and I was a bit disappointed because I have always been under the impression that juicing is better than blending. So I decided to do a little research on this subject. <BR> <BR> Personally I think that I feel more satisfied from drinking smoothies. I can add protein powder and I like knowing that all of the fiber is part of my diet. But then I watched a video on juicing... Fri, 8 Jan 2016 13:37:15 EST Time to Start Sparking Again <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been kind of struggling keeping myself on track lately, so I know it is time for me to get back to sparking. Will blog more later when I have time. <BR> <BR> Hope you have a great day. Thu, 7 Jan 2016 13:25:14 EST Begin Each Day With New Enthusiasm <img src=""> <BR> I just came across this quote and thought it is perfect. No matter if today was fantastic or not, once you go to bed, it is over. Each day gives us another day to start fresh and new. How lucky can we be? <BR> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 00:10:39 EST The Other Side of Recovery <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Recently I was listening to a speaker talk about food addiction and how you can recognize that you have a food addiction. Of course none of this was new information for me because I have read almost every book on dieting, food addiction, binging, purging, etc. This has been the focus of my life for more than 55 years now, so I could probably write the book on most of these subjects. <BR>... Tue, 4 Aug 2015 15:17:28 EST I am that I am <img src=""> <BR> Today I am grateful that I am healthy, happy, and feeling the positive vibes. The most wonderful thing is that life is flowing freely. Good food, exercise, enough hydration makes me feel so alive. Tue, 4 Aug 2015 00:36:52 EST Getting Myself Back on Track 8/1/2015 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I have been ignoring my healthy lifestyle for a few months and I set today as the day to get myself back on track. <BR> <BR> Sat, 1 Aug 2015 12:40:08 EST A Little Tuesday AM Motivation <img src=""> <BR> I love waking up early and realizing how wonderful it is that I have a full new day to make little changes that will make me a little healthier than I was yesterday. <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Changes don't have to be huge. They can be tiny little baby steps, like adding 2 minutes of lifting weights, or parking your car farther away from the store, taking the sta... Tue, 28 Apr 2015 10:19:21 EST Feeling Healthy <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am on a campaign to get my blood pressure under control. Last week I was given a prescription for blood pressure medication and I had a really bad allergic reaction to it, plus I felt really terrible during the 4 days that I took it. This was a real eye opener to me. Because of how horrible I felt, I am much more motivated to get my blood pressure under control by the most natural means possible. This means ... Sun, 26 Apr 2015 11:45:07 EST Blood Pressure For the past few days I have not been feeling very good. I couldn't put my finger on what wasn't quite right until this morning I decided to take my blood pressure. It was slightly elevated. I have been taking some antihistamines for the spring allergies and I think this is causing my blood pressure to rise a bit. <BR> <BR> It is amazing that just a few points can really change how a person feels. I have watched people who suffer from HBP over the years and have always thought that they... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:24:37 EST Granddaughters <img src=""> <BR> Yesterday my granddaughters met each other for the first time. They are 3 1/2 years apart so it will be awhile before they start playing together. It was so much fun to see how excited Anna (the older one) was to hold her cousin Ayla. Mon, 2 Mar 2015 12:00:02 EST What I Have Learned This Month <img src=""> <BR> <BR> This has been an interesting month of learning for me about my emotional eating. After being on the Dr Oz Total 10 for 2 weeks, I slowly added foods back into my diet. That all went pretty well until I added in bread. Then all of the cravings started up again. I tried to do this all methodically so that I could learn what pushes my craving buttons and it definitely is simple carbs. When I eat just a small am... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:37:43 EST Dr Oz Total 10 Transition Just a quick note to say a few words about the Total 10 transition. I have added just a few foods back into my meals and so far haven't had any ill effects. I have added 1 piece of whole wheat, whole grain bread to breakfast, and a very small amount of brown rice to lunch or dinner. And also I have added a couple meals with a small amount of cheese and milk. <BR> <BR> What I have noticed is that I started having some carb cravings after adding the bread back into my meals. It hasn't be... Sun, 8 Feb 2015 17:46:25 EST Listening to Recovery Workshop <BR> I wanted to quickly share with everyone a free online recovery workshop that is available over the next few days. I have listened to a couple of the videos and there is some inspiring and motivational information. If you find you can't access it, you might need to try another browser. <BR> <BR> Hope everyone is having a wonderful day. <link> </link> Fri, 6 Feb 2015 12:36:06 EST Eating Low Carb - Day 19 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am on the low-carb bandwagon. After finishing up the Dr Oz - Total 10, I was really kind of worried about how to keep my momentum going. Somehow I seem to do really good following strict rules, but when the rules start to widen and give me more choices, I get a little off track. And then all of a sudden I am back to my old eating patterns. <BR> <BR> So I decided to start doing a lot of reading around the sc... Sat, 31 Jan 2015 11:22:26 EST Finishing Total 10 and Moving On to Maintenance Yesterday was day 14 for Dr. Oz Total 10 quick weight loss diet. And since I am feeling so good I have decided to move onto the maintenance plan. The term maintenance is used here to mean maintaining eating low carb and low fat proteins, lots of veggies, and slowly adding fruits and dairy back in at amounts that will still allow you to lose 1 pound to 2 pounds a week. <BR> <BR> I am a little bit nervous to change my eating patterns - just afraid of opening up those cravings again. I thi... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:19:28 EST Day 12 Dr. Oz - Total 10 <img src=""> <BR> I am totally sold on low carb. Or maybe it is the elimination of dairy that has helped me get out of the rut that I have been in for all of 2014. Whichever it is, hopefully I will be able to discover as I add foods back into my diet. <BR> <BR> What I do know is that I am feeling so much better physically, mentally and spiritually. Yes, it is even helping me feel more spiritual. How is that, you might ask? Well,... Sat, 24 Jan 2015 12:49:15 EST Day 10 - Dr Oz Total 10 (Long blog about the journey) <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I got started on the Dr Oz Total 10 by asking myself what I really wanted for myself in 2015. Since I retired last year I have been trying on a lot of different hobbies and asking myself if I really want to stay retired or go back to work part time? My plan was always to help my son out in his new business adventure, but in truth I know that the best thing for both of us is for me to stay out of his bu... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:07:22 EST Day 8 Dr Oz Total 10 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Starting day 8 today of Dr Oz Total 10 diet. My mind is starting to think ahead to next week and what comes next. I am beginning to feel better with the low carb eating but I still do miss the carbs. The sweet cravings have subsided, though, and I am very thankful for that. <BR> The instructions for the maintenance plan are to start adding back the food groups slowly one week at a time. <BR> <BR> "Week 1: Lo... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:19:50 EST Day 7 Total 10 Today I woke up with a cramp in the arch of my foot. Ouch! But I always take that as a warning that I am not getting enough hydration or potassium. <BR> <BR> Other than that I am feeling pretty energetic today. Hopefully the worst of the "low carb flu" is behind me and now I can start feeling the benefits of eating more healthy. <BR> <BR> My mental attitude seems to be more cheery and ready to meet the demands of a busy day. I am anxious to get out and exercise in the sunshine. Our ... Mon, 19 Jan 2015 12:00:14 EST Day 6 - Thank you Sparkfriends <img src=""> <BR> Day 6 and I am still feeling a bit of weakness this morning, but not as bad. Hopefully it will pass quickly once I get my breakfast eaten. <BR> <BR> I just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of your encouragement. It really does help to know that people care and take the time to say it. Sometimes I visit blogs and see all of the comments and feel like it won't make a difference if I leave a comment or not, but no... Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:24:22 EST Day 5 - Dr Oz - Total 10 Today I am feeling more energy and at the same time when I haven't eaten for a couple hours I can really start feeling an odd sort of down feeling. I have been drinking lots of green tea to counterbalance this low. <BR> <BR> One of my Spark friends mentioned low carb flu <link> </link> and now having read it, this is exactly how I am feeling. Gosh I love Sparkpeople. Always here with info when you need it. <BR> <BR> Anyway, I am going to endure this and ho... Sat, 17 Jan 2015 17:34:38 EST Day 4 of Total 10 - Check in <img src=""> <BR> I just got out of bed an hour ago, but this is how I am already feeling and that is after 8 hours of sleep. Hope this feeling passes soon. <BR> <BR> What I have read is that the body is in the process of eliminating toxins and the best thing to do is to drink lots of water and green tea. <BR> <BR> Not much else to report except that yesterday I did feel quite hungry in the evening. I was so thankful to have the... Fri, 16 Jan 2015 12:18:59 EST Day 3 of Dr Oz Total 10 Just a short check in here. Today I am feeling a bit more fatigued and having more food cravings. I am fighting this by drinking the broth and drinking water. From what I have read things get better after the 3rd or 4th day. <BR> <BR> It is interesting that when I don't eat sugar and a lot of carbs I can really feel the effects of the food that I do eat. I wonder if that has something to do with blood sugar levels. I will have to ask my doctor next time I see him. <BR> <BR> Hope ev... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 15:47:19 EST Dr Oz - Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss <link><BR>oad-plan </link> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> I am not big on diet plans, but after reading and hearing about this eating plan, I decided to give it a try. It requires eliminating dairy and most carbs for the first 2 weeks. Since I had eaten quite a bit of pastries over the holidays I was looking forward to getting my sweet tooth under control again, and this looked like it might be a simple w... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:59:34 EST Day 100 -- This IS HOW I LIVE I can honestly say that I am happy to make it to day 100 - There are many moments that I thought I would give up along the way. But I committed to 100 days and that is what I did. <BR> <BR> Now the part about the weight loss. I lost 10 pounds this entire time. That isn't huge, but it is better than gaining. What I really wanted to do was to stay motivated during this fall and the start of the holiday season. I am not sure that I can say I have felt motivated to lose weight. What I do... Fri, 19 Dec 2014 23:28:34 EST Day 99 - It's Not In Here Today is day 99 of 100 days of weight loss. The exercise today is about making signs that will stop you from emotional eating. Linda Spangle suggests putting a sign on your fridge or cupboard that says, Not In Here. I have tried this in the past and found that I don't even look at the sign. You know how it is, easy to ignore what you don't pay attention to. <BR> <BR> For me I have found that positive sayings catch my eye and pictures of things and people that are important to me. I hav... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:04:00 EST Days 98 New Year's Resolution <img src=""> <BR> <BR> In today's lesson we asked to write a New Year's Resolution, but with a different twist. We are to assume that we have reached our goal weight - The date is: <BR> Dec 17, 2015 - <BR> <BR> I now weigh 135 pounds. <BR> <BR> I am pleased with my new amount of energy and ability to move my body. I love feeling confidant when I am out moving through the world. <BR> <BR> My body feels healthy and slim. <BR> <B... Wed, 17 Dec 2014 16:16:58 EST Day 97 - Use What Works <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Today's lesson is about going back and looking over what has worked for me in the past and then pull out those great strategies and do them again. <BR> <BR> Here are the strategies that work best for me: <BR> <BR> 1. Stay consist - this happens when I chart everything. That means that I write down all the food I am consuming in the day, all the exercise that I am doing, and chart all the other goals th... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:31:17 EST Day 96 What Will It Take? <BR> <img src=""> <BR> Are you have trouble staying one track with your goals or intentions? Today's lesson is about breaking your goals down into smaller steps that you can accomplish easily. So for instance, I have an intention to gain more strength in my knees. So what I am doing in order to achieve this is that while I am walking I will stop and do some knee bends while holding onto my walking stick. Also, when I am getting out o... Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:33:41 EST